Scripture Verse

Where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:20


Julia H. Johnston (1849–1919)

Words: Ju­lia H. John­ston, in Hymns Tried and True (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Bi­ble In­sti­tute Col­port­age As­so­cia­tion, 1911), num­ber 2.

Music: Da­ni­el B. Tow­ner, 1910 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Daniel B. Towner (1850–1919)


Marvelous grace of our lov­ing Lord,
Grace that ex­ceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Cal­va­ry’s mount out­poured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.


Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will par­don and cleanse with­in;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is great­er than all our sin.

Sin and des­pair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with in­fi­nite loss;
Grace that is great­er, yes, grace un­told,
Points to the re­fuge, the migh­ty cross.


Dark is the stain that we can­not hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flow­ing a crim­son tide,
Brighter than snow you may be to­day.


Marvelous, in­fi­nite, match­less grace,
Freely be­stowed on all who be­lieve!
You that are long­ing to see His face,
Will you this mo­ment His grace re­ceive?